Back in 2012 I was digging this gigantic hole in the ground with a few of my Marines and a corpsman. The ground was solid sheet rock that broke up only after you coerced it with the pick axe, it was a real tough motherfucker. At about 3 feet deep and 8 hours into digging our fucking asses off, we needed to take a break. As we stood and sat, hydrated and rubbed our callused hands to get the pain out, an MV-22 Osprey comes zooming over head. We all watch it for a few seconds and decide it's nothing exciting and continue to dig our hole. It circles for a minute, and lands directly behind me. The crew chief hops out, moseys a few feet away from the ramp, and takes a piss. Again we all stop, share a round of confusion, and just continue to dig our hole as the helo flys away. Moments like that made the job amazing.
“The team had 10 30-round magazines each; pistols, grenades, LAW rockets, plastic explosive, machine guns and I called a halt to their demands. I said, “There are only 70 or 80 enemy guards on our target and you’ve got enough ammunition between you to kill over 3,000 people!”
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Peter McAleese (white T shirt) and his team of mercenaries train for their assassination attempt on Pablo Escobar. After leaving the SADF McAleese did some mercenary work in Colombia, where he and his team were hired to assassinate Pablo Escobar, the attempt failed when a helicopter crashed during the insertion phase. - - - - - “Though we were only 12 men against 80, we all felt increasingly bullish about our chances. Our training continued through March and into April. We went back and forth between our villa in Cali and our training camp at La Guagua. Day after day, we practised so that the guys became fluent with every detail of the skills they would need, building on room clearance, firing the 66mm anti-tank rockets, throwing grenades and blowing satchel charges. All the time Colonel Ricardo kept me informed about the likely date of our attack. Obviously, they did not want us to attack until they were l00 per cent sure Escobar was at home, and equally I told Ricardo that I did not want to commit the team until I was 100 per cent sure we were ready. Ricardo and our sponsors completely understood and I began to tie in our skills to my plan of attack.” - - - - -
From the book "Beyond No Mean Soldier" by Peter McAleese .
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Peter served with both the British and Rhodesian SAS before being tasked to set up 44 Parachute Brigade’s elite Pathfinder Platoon by Jan Breytenbach. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Today’s #flashbackfriday goes back to my second and last ITX. It amazes me how I look back and remember those days and I kept saying, “Damn, I’m ready to leave, I’m so sick of sweating!” Now when I look back and if I got asked if I wanted to go back, I’d go in a heartbeat. Miss being out there with these guys and miss all the gun drills, the laughs, the yelling, the suck, the hills, the sand, the heat....miss it all! 🇺🇸
A piece of advice I was given that has stayed with me since day 1..
Your goal is to lead the craft. The craft is the embodiment of an infantryman.
Wake up, the world is your arena.
Kill the quit and smash the day.
Don't complain and find a way to win.
Remain educated and become innovative.
The day always ends with new challenges for tomorrow, never in regret.
Never forget who you are: a professional.
your new challenges are your new goals.
If you remain stagnant you will die.
End state: To kill. #0311#gruntlife#USMC#theworldsmostelite#awaysbetterthenyesterday#neversatisfied